Guns in Alameda County Report: 2012-2018

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to combating the epidemic of gun violence plaguing communities throughout the county, state and nation. Firearm related crimes have a significant impact on victims, families and communities as a whole. The emotional toll wrought by gun violence is devastating and long-lasting. Victims who survive are often left with permanent disabilities, families grieve the loss of loved-ones and traumatized children live in constant fear of firearm violence.

This comprehensive report covers six years of data on gun use, sales, possession and theft in Alameda County, including detailed statistics of firearm related crimes.

“In creating this report, we aim to deepen our understanding of the epidemic of gun violence in Alameda County, in California and across the country,” states DA O’Malley. “We can and must prevent gun violence. A first step is to research and understand how guns are falling into the hands of the wrong people – those whose intent is to inflict harm, injury and death. This research also allows us to understand how too many children and teens fall prey to gun violence, either through self-infliction or at the hands of another. An in-depth and critical analysis of gun purchases, ownership, theft and use is vital to furthering the goal of reducing gun violence as well as accidental firearm related injuries and fatalities.”

The research also points out a gap in data collection, reporting and analysis. The District Attorney’s Office will work with the reporting authorities to find solutions to the data issues. The ultimate goal of the report is to bring greater awareness to the issue of firearm violence, to reinforce safety and safe storage and to identify new strategies to combating gun violence and the proliferation of illegal firearms.

Download the complete report (PDF 5MB)

View our PSA about Gun Safety and Safe Gun Storage

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is dedicated to combating gun violence and is committed to strengthening laws that keep our communities safe. In light of horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, we have redoubled our efforts to effect change at a statewide and national level.

On October 4, 2017, DA Nancy O'Malley joined prosecutors from across the country to express their strong opposition to provisions in the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (“SHARE”) Act which would remove existing gun silencer safety regulations from federal law.

Read the Press Release | Read the Letter

New Billboard Campaign Launched

In October 2017, a new public awareness campaign focused on the safe storage of firearms was launched by the DA's Office and is posted on billboards and bus shelters throughout the county.

In partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, communities throughout Alameda County will see billboards and bus shelters with the message “Save a Life! Lock Up Your Guns.”

Just this week, as the billboards were in final production, we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s modern history. While the messaging of this public service campaign is devoted to the safe storage of firearms, it is part of a much broader campaign centered on reducing gun violence and its tragic consequences.

“The message is strong and clear and it will save lives,” says DA O’Malley. “If there are children living in or visiting your home, your gun must be secured and locked in a place that no child can access. When gun owners follow this law, lives are saved and tragedies are prevented.”

Children are naturally curious and love nothing more than looking into hiding places. When an adult’s negligent gun storage is combined with a child’s interest in exploration, the consequences can be deadly.

Read the Press Release.

Public Awareness Campaign

In June 2017, the DA's Office partnered with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics in the ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Gun Safety Campaign. The ASK Campaign helps raise awareness of the issue of children and adults being put at risk for serious injury or death from unsecured guns.

Just as parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes (such about pets, internet access, and pools), the ASK campaign encourages parents to add one more question to this conversation: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?”.

It’s a simple question, but one that has the power to save a child’s life.